May 7

WORD OF THE DAY

narcose [nahr-kohs] (adjective) characterized by stupor; stuporous.

FILM FACTS

In “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” what breed of dog was Ace looking for?

A. Shih Tzu

B. Chihuahua

C. Pomeranian

D. Poodle

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

53: There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 7, 1945: The German High Command, in the person of General Alfred Jodl, signs the unconditional surrender of all German forces, East and West, at Reims, in northwestern France.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Breckin Meyer (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Shih Tzu

May 8

WORD OF THE DAY

adiabatic [ad-ee-uh-bat-ik] (adjective) occurring without gain or loss of heat.

FILM FACTS

What airline was the fateful flight a part of in “Airplane!”?

A. Trans American

B. Piedmont

C. Pan Am

D. Delta

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 8, 1541: South of present-day Memphis, Tennessee, Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV show host David Attenborough (92)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” — Alfred Whitney Griswold

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Trans American

May 9

WORD OF THE DAY

scopula [skop-yuh-luh] (noun) a dense tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders.

FILM FACTS

In “Along Came Polly,” what was Polly’s last name?

A. Sullivan

B. Prince

C. Ford

D. Davis

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

500,000: Saturn’s rings are about 500,000 miles in circumference.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 9, 1960: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the world’s first commercially produced birth-control pill – Enovid-10, made by the G.D. Searle Company of Chicago.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Rock singer Billy Joel (69)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” — James Thurber

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Prince

May 10

WORD OF THE DAY

howdah [hou-duh] (noun) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant.

FILM FACTS

What is the name of the “Real Estate King” in “American Beauty”?

A. Larry Kane

B. Frank Fitts

C. Buddy Hayes

D. Buddy Kane

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

400: Children laugh about 400 times per day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 10, 1924: J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI).

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

TV actor Kenan Thompson (40)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” — Leo Buscaglia

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Buddy Kane

May 11

WORD OF THE DAY

velar [vee-ler] (adjective) articulated with the back of the tongue held close to or touching the soft palate.

FILM FACTS

What is the name of the company Reuben works for in “Along Came Polly”?

A. Indursky Risk Assessments

B. Indursky and Sons Insurance

C. Indursky Insurance

D. Indursky and Sons Insurance Assessors

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

22: A Koala bear sleeps 22 hours of every day.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 11, 1858: Minnesota enters the Union as the 32nd state.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Football player Cam Newton (29)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” — Pierre Corneille

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Indursky and Sons Insurance

May 12

WORD OF THE DAY

impaste [im-peyst] (verb) to cover with or enclose in a paste.

FILM FACTS

Which famous sports legend played Roger Murdock in “Airplane!”?

A. Bill Walton

B. Pete Rose

C. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

D. Crazy Legs Hirsch

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

44: In the average lifetime, a person will breath in about 44 pounds of dust.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 12, 1970: Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits the 500th home run of his career.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

Skateboarder Tony Hawk (50)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” — Ingrid Bergman

TRIVIA ANSWER

C. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

May 13

WORD OF THE DAY

latten [lat-n] (noun) a grasslike alloy commonly made in thin sheets and formerly much used for church utensils.

FILM FACTS

What position did Ray Finkle play on the Miami Dolphins in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”?

A. Quarterback

B. Running back

C. Defensive lineman

D. Kicker

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

18: Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 18 inches per year.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 13, 1846: The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.

FEATURED BIRTHDAY

R&B singer Stevie Wonder (68)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Kicker